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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cavendish again in Tour de Suisse

by Agence France-Presse at 12:54 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results, Tour de Suisse


British cycling star Mark Cavendish won his second stage in the Tour of Switzerland here on Thursday, the 178 kilometre sixth stage from Oberriet.

The 24-year-old Isle of Man born cyclist - winner of four stages in last year's Tour de France - won in a sprint finish ahead of Spain's three-time world road race champion Oscar Freire.  Cavendish had already won Monday's stage from Davos to Lumino.

The last-moment assault towards the finish was launched by Thor Hushovd of the Cervelo team but the Norwegian was overhauled by his rivals. Third on the day was Italian Francesco Gavazzi of the Lampre team.

Slovenia's Tadej Valjavec (AG2R) retained the overall lead in what is the last major cycling event before the Tour de France starts on July 4. Swiss favourite and twice world time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara (Saxo-Bank), second overall, reduced the margin behind Valjavec to just 9 secs, setting him up for the race against the clock on Sunday's final day in
the Swiss capital, Berne.

On Friday the racers embark on a 204 km ride from here to Vallorbe.

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/THR) 4h18min 26sec
2. Oscar Freire (ESP/RAB) at 0:00.
3. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA/LAM) 0:00.
4. Thor Hushovd (NOR/CTT) 0:00.
5. Jürgen Roelandts (BEL/SIL) 0:00.
6. Matti Breschel (DEN/SAX) 0:00.
7. Koldo Fernandez (ESP/EUS) 0:00.
8. Gerald Ciolek (GER/MRM) 0:00.
9. Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP/GCE) 0:00.
10. Wouter Weylandt (BEL/QST) 0:00.

1. Tadej Valjavec (SLO/ALM) 23hr 10min 27sec
2. Fabian Cancellara (SWI/SAX) at 0:09sec.
3. Oliver Zaugg (SWI/LIQ) 0:14.
4. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/LIQ) 0:42.
5. Andreas Kloden (GER/AST) 0:45.
6. Tony Martin (GER/THR) 0:54.
7. Maxime Monfort (BEL/THR) 0:55.
8. Gustav Larsson (SWE/SAX) 0:56.
9. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/KAT) 1:01.
10. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 1:02.


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